It began in earnest — as Touch and Go Records co-founder Corey Rusk reminisces at the beginning of the engrossing new Jesus Lizard coffee table book titled (in typical Lizard four-letter-word fashion) Book — with 1989's Pure EP and a debut gig that sizzling Chicago summer, alongside Slin ... More >>
Though it's a monumental task, were attempting to rank the best albums from Slint. That's like picking favorite children or books of the Bible. With a discography so fully defined by its knotty niches and endless fan debate, could it even be possible to single out one Slint album above the rest? I ... More >>
Influentialalbums.com is a "quiz" one of your Facebook friends might've posted, boasting "Very few people own 70 or more. How many have you got?" and listing 100 albums ranging from the duh (Blonde on Blonde, Pet Sounds) to the hmmm (Gerry Rafferty? Felt??) to the genuinely bizarre (well, see below) ... More >>
Even in this era of Every Band That Ever Existed Must And Will Reunite, the return of Bitch Magnet is surprising, a bit shocking, really -- as if a Mars space probe long given up for lost somehow found its way back to Earth. See Also: - Q&A: Chunklet's Henry Owings On The Indie Cred Test, Not Bein ... More >>
David Pajo is one hell of a jack-of-all-trades guitarist. In the early '90s, Pajo revolutionized minimalist post-punk sonics with the crucial Kentucky outfit Slint, helped birth the post-rock aesthetic in Tortoise, collabbed with ex-Slinters in loopy dance new wavers King Kong and palled around in p ... More >>
For the last fifteen years, the sonic-terrorizing Scottish smashheads Mogwai have remained true to their original vision: the cathartic squelching of a loud/soft gargantuan-riff dynamic undeterred by the music fashions and trends dictated by the Bitchfork monarchy. Admittedly an uncool bunch ... More >>
But don't look for that persona-grooming bassist
Presenting your All Tomorrow's Parties NY House band. . . In the early 2000's, the shits 'n' giggles folks at snarkier-than-thou Chunklet Magazine plopped recording engineer god and Shellac guitarorrist Steve Albini on its cover, screaming: Is This Guy The Biggest Asshole In Rock? That infamous is ... More >>
ATP has quietly become a major force in getting bands of a particular indie vintage to reunite--Slint and My Bloody Valentine being two major examples, though one suspects that the lurking hand of Barry Hogan is in some way behind most big reunions these days. So no surprise that Pavement's f ... More >>
In honor of next weekend's fete upstate, some wistful reminiscences and trash talk
No R.I.P. for the rock album just yetSonic Youth's seminal Daydream Nation lives again at McCarren Pool.
Emperor reigns. J Mascis rocks. And Panda Bear goes all California.
Reunited and it feels so good: Our favorite groups are back to teach the young'uns how it's done
Not Spyro Gyra, just a hip-hop band throwing a world party
Matmos: Where Art Worlds Collide
The Art of the Indie-Rock Remix